Calendar

Apr
27
Fri
The Writing Circle – April 27, 2018
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Writing Circle offers dedicated, on-going writing opportunities for the purpose of making progress on a writing project, preferably but not limited to being focused on teaching and learning in higher education. It is structured to enable writing and reflection about your writing and offers the opportunity for feedback among peers. It takes place one Friday per month, alternating between morning and afternoon.

Friday, April 27, 2018 from 12pm-4pm in Room DB 1014

To view dates and register for the April session, please follow link: REGISTRATION

May
7
Mon
FDW – Facilitator Development Workshop (5 Day Workshop) – May 7-11, 2018 CANCELED
May 7 – May 11 all-day

Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW)

The FDW is a five-day training event to prepare experienced university teachers to lead the Instructional Skills Workshop. The activities of the ISW form the nucleus of the FDW. As in the ISW, participants will continue to refine their teaching techniques through the mini-lessons, and with guided practice and feedback, develop strategies for facilitating the group process. Participants have the opportunity to develop new knowledge and techniques for facilitating group development, to explore other teaching methods, to explore formative evaluation techniques, and to receive feedback on their own teaching and facilitating skills.
A certificate will be issued upon completion that is recognized at most Canadian and international postsecondary institutions.

When: May 7-11, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, Rm 1014

Cost:

  • If you are external to York University the cost is $850.00. Cheques can be made payable to York University.
  • If you are internal to York University you are required to facilitate one ISW at a future date.

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

May
23
Wed
Putting Together Your Teaching Dossier Workshop – May 23, 2018
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Putting Together Your Teaching Dossier Workshop

The teaching dossier or teaching portfolio is a condensed reflection of your teaching philosophy and accomplishments. It serves as a tool that will provide evidence of your teaching quality and effectiveness. This interactive workshop will provide you with the tools to establish, recognize, and reflect upon your own teaching practices . Whether you are contract faculty, tenure-track, or new faculty, the Teaching Commons can provide you with the tools needed to (re)write, develop, or update your dossier for evaluation purposes, and in the preparation of materials for teaching award submissions.

All sessions run from 10am-12pm in room DB 1014.

DATE:  May 23, 2018
Visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

May
25
Fri
The Writing Circle – May 25, 2018
May 25 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

The Writing Circle offers dedicated, on-going writing opportunities for the purpose of making progress on a writing project, preferably but not limited to being focused on teaching and learning in higher education. It is structured to enable writing and reflection about your writing and offers the opportunity for feedback among peers. It takes place one Friday per month, alternating between morning and afternoon.

Friday, May 25, 2018 from 9:30am-1:30pm in Room DB 1014

To view dates and register for the May session, please follow link:  REGISTRATION

Jun
11
Mon
ISW – Instructional Skills Workshop (3 Day Workshop) – June 11, 13 & 15, 2018
Jun 11 – Jun 15 all-day

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) 

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is a Canadian, grassroots, certificate program. During this intensive three-day workshop (24 hours in total), participants will work collaboratively in a small group setting (e.g. 1 Facilitator: 5 Participants) to further develop their teaching effectiveness as well as receiving feedback on new teaching strategies and techniques. Participants will design and conduct three “mini-lessons” and receive reflective verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons. Using an intensive experiential learning approach, participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning.

The workshop encourages reflection and examination of one’s teaching practices with feedback focused on the learning process rather than on the specific content of the lesson. The ISW engenders participatory learning and the building of community that can transfer back into the classroom and the institution. Because this is a peer-based workshop, your success (and the success of others in your group) is entirely dependent upon your commitment to the process. It is imperative that you commit to the 3 days in their entirety.

ISWs are available for faculty (full-time and contract only) and Staff, and will be run periodically throughout the year.  A certificate will be issued upon completion that is recognized at most Canadian and international postsecondary institutions.

June 11, 13 & 15, 2018
Time: 9am to 4:30pm
Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, Room DB 1014

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

Jun
22
Fri
The Writing Circle – June 22, 2018
Jun 22 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Writing Circle offers dedicated, on-going writing opportunities for the purpose of making progress on a writing project, preferably but not limited to being focused on teaching and learning in higher education. It is structured to enable writing and reflection about your writing and offers the opportunity for feedback among peers. It takes place one Friday per month, alternating between morning and afternoon.

Friday, June 22, 2018 from 12pm-4pm in Room DB 1014

To view dates and register for the June session, please follow link:  REGISTRATION

Jul
23
Mon
Course Design Intensive – July 23, 2018
Jul 23 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

This is an intensive workshop to get you started designing or updating your course. We take a hands-on approach as we learn, discover, and discuss principles of inclusive course design, assessment and feedback, active learning and engagement strategies, and provide you with the resources you need to design great courses.

All sessions will run from 9:30am to 3:00pm. *We will break for 1 hour for lunch.

Date: July 23, 2018

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

Jul
24
Tue
EduCATE Program – Education, Curriculum And Teaching Excellence (July 24, 2018, August 21, 2018 & March 5, 2019)
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

EduCATE

This is a one year program for faculty to explore any aspect of teaching and learning by engaging in action research and contributing to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

Faculty will meet once a month with core members of EduCATE or as part of an Action Learning Set. Through a peer-based structure, participants will form a Community of Practice as they develop, discuss, collaborate, and support each other while working through personal goals and a research project. Participants will have the opportunity to observe and provide feedback to their peers in a classroom environment. Participants will also be invited to a celebration reception at the Teaching Commons where they will receive their EduCATE Certificate.

This course is aimed at all who teach at York: Contract Faculty, Contract Limited Appointments, Tenure-Stream, and Tenured Faculty are welcome (and encouraged!) to participate. The course must have a minimum of six (4) participants to run.

By the end of the course participants will:

 

  • Have attended all core EduCATE sessions (July, August, March);
  • Attended all Action Learning Sets with peers (September, October, November, January, February, April, May);
  • Participate in observation scheme;
  • Present at TiF (or other T&L external conference on their EduCATE project);
  • Final Report/Research Paper

Core Session Dates:

 

  • July 24, 2018
  • August 21, 2018
  • March 5, 2019
  • Teaching in Focus Conference – May 16 & 17, 2018
  • Participants will also attend sessions specific to their Action Learning Set, dates TBD at times mutually convenient the set.

Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building  DB 1012

Please follow this link to apply to the Education, Curriculum, And Teaching Excellence
(EduCATE) Course @ York.

Jul
25
Wed
ISW – Instructional Skills Workshop (3 Day Workshop) – July 25, 26 & 27, 2018
Jul 25 – Jul 27 all-day

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is a Canadian, grassroots, certificate program. During this intensive three-day workshop (24 hours in total), participants will work collaboratively in a small group setting (e.g. 1 Facilitator: 5 Participants) to further develop their teaching effectiveness as well as receiving feedback on new teaching strategies and techniques. Participants will design and conduct three “mini-lessons” and receive reflective verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons. Using an intensive experiential learning approach, participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning.

The workshop encourages reflection and examination of one’s teaching practices with feedback focused on the learning process rather than on the specific content of the lesson. The ISW engenders participatory learning and the building of community that can transfer back into the classroom and the institution. Because this is a peer-based workshop, your success (and the success of others in your group) is entirely dependent upon your commitment to the process. It is imperative that you commit to the 3 days in their entirety.

ISWs are available for faculty (full-time and contract only) and Staff, and will be run periodically throughout the year.  A certificate will be issued upon completion that is recognized at most Canadian and international postsecondary institutions.

July 25, 26 & 27, 2018
Time: 9am to 4:30pm
Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, Room DB 1014

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

Jul
31
Tue
Using LEGO in the Classroom – July 31, 2018
Jul 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

This workshop is designed to showcase new and innovative ways of using LEGO as a teaching tool in your classroom. LEGO is a powerful tool to help develop skills and demonstrate understanding beyond our traditional text-heavy learning activities while also overcoming some common challenges in unlocking our students’ creative potential.

Using a variety of interactive activities, participants will learn new strategies for incorporating LEGO into lessons teaching creativity, communication, and problem solving, as well as using these versatile building blocks for gathering formative assessment data. Participants will also learn from the facilitators’ experiences as both learners and teachers using LEGO in the classroom while discussing tips for how to use LEGO as an important classroom resource.

Please register early if you would like to attend as space for this session is limited. The workshop will be held in DB 1014.

REGISTER for Using LEGO in the Classroom